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#2533909 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by number9 on 08 August 2014 - 10:13 AM

That's fine but from an business standpoint if they're making money. By having them in NBC and selling out the stadium. Why would the NHL not do it? At the end of the day it helps the teams and it helps the league. Now do they overdue it? Sure I agree with that. But while they continue to make money on them it's a terrible decision to stop having them.

I think in the short term they are, yes, going to make a lot of money. But they're destroying the novelty of the whole shabang by having so many so often, which is what made it cool and special to me. They managed to make the scheme dull for a lot of fans within an 8 year period. Whereas if they had show some restraint they probably could have kept me interested for decades.

#2533897 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 11:55 PM

Well you saw kips post an do agree with him. The wings are missing so much on free agents and trades it's not even funny. But yes they're great at drafting but you can't win just via the draft. At some point some prospects need to be moved.

Trading jarnkrok was fine but only for a rental? That's not fine.

Since we can't get free agents we need to make a trade. Some of the guys being trades we should be on. Guys like Ryan and spezza etc etc.


Oh f*** you Mother f***** posting this s*** at 1 am when I'm good and drunk. I'll deal with you tomorrow after 5 pm when honest Americans have the reasonable ability.

#2533892 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 11:25 PM


It wouldn't be like buying anything because they're your prospects, you didn't pay for them.  Also, selling makes sense when you've got so many other (tvs?) that these ones will never get used.  Also, quality guys get traded for unproven prospects and picks (in packages) all the time.  Bobby Ryan did.  So did Thomas Vanek.  Just to name two in the last year.  Package them with a top six forward and you could have Marian Gaborik or Jason Spezza or James Van Riemsdyk. 


Again, I'm not saying just throw guys away.  But I'm sick of everybody acting like the future of the Red Wings is hanging precariously in the balance, and should we move Backman, or Pulkkinen, or Tatar, or Nyquist, or Quellet, we'll all of a sudden become the Florida Panthers.  We won't.  Just so long as we don't move ALL of them. 


Saying that drafting and developing is the key to success does not mean that you can never, EVER, move a homegrown talent lest the organization crash and burn.  Just move them intelligently (e.g. not for David Legwand). 


Well see I trust management, whereas many of you don't. I'm going to be fine with the Legwand-Ironhook trade until Calle makes it big in the NHL. I like to think management knew what they were doing there.


I think once Mantha, Athanasiou, Marchenko, Pulkkinen, Ouellet, and Sproul (or a combination of others) officially join the team, and they are what we thought they would be. Then the trades you want will be made.


The Wings play REAL tight to the vest, and as a business man I operate the same way. IMO it's smart and minimizes risk, even if you lose some product in prospects who can't grace your system. All that means is that you're getting the best of the best.

#2533883 Predictions for the DRW 2014-15 Season!

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 10:38 PM

How is holland trying to win? Not letting Tatar and nyquist get their chance when they deserve it? Continues to bring back ok broken down players who provide little to nothing.

I personally dot have a problem with rebuilding or go balls in to win. But holland is just sitting on the fence doing a little of both and thats what bothers me most.


you're pretty much spot on. I just don't see things as black and white as you do. I look at a team like Philly, who tries to go balls to the wall every year, and I don't like the situation they're in. Then I see a team like the Oilers, who have been trying to rebuild for years and it's not working, and I don't wanna go through that either.


In the non cap era our strength was attracting FA vets who wanted to win... and we did that.


In the cap era our strength is drafting... and were doing that. But that means we're gonna have to be a helluva lot more patient with the results unlike the non cap era.


And I'm fine with that for the time being.

#2533881 Report: NHL to have 5 outdoor games in 2014-15.

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 10:27 PM

I think it's a great idea and obviously fans of these teams do to. They deserve to get to experience it as well.


The fact that we were scheduled to have 2 WC's within 5 years of each other makes it lose its luster for me. When they first started I was like whoa best idea ever, so happy to be in one. Then it was like YEAH one in Michigan! Then, before the later even happened, it was like so every team is gonna do this every couple years and it's not special. It's cool yeah but I'd rather it be something special and exclusive that teams do every 30 years. Something like 1 WC each year and no dumb stadium stupids.

#2533875 Flyers agree to terms with Del Zotto

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 08:17 PM

...he is still better than Q or K.


there's no crying in hockey.


Good thing for you this is a forum.

MDZ: 16 points in last 67 games (2 seasons)
K: 19 points in last 66 games (1 season)

Q: 13 points in last 82 games (1 season)


But MDZ will magically turn it around here and Q and K don't have a chance, right? Grass isn't always greener, sometimes it's crappy brown south of the border grass ;)

Low risk move for only a year. I didn't necessarily want Del Zotto, but I would take a flyer on him rather than two years of Quincey at over four million per season. If he's hurt or bad, then the kids just play, which is my preferred solution anyways.


That's fair. Quincey though is much better (Q better than someone else at something? Where do I live? The moon?) than MDZ defensively. Though I agree with the dislike of the pricetag.


I'm not sure MDZ would even crack Babs lineup

#2533871 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 07:57 PM

Lol... Damn I got called out... Yes I've been drinking


As have I, cheers. (The rest of LGW could use a few strong ones I'll tell ya hwhat)

#2533869 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 07:33 PM

Under appreciated... That's easy FEDEROV.

Yes he had issues but... Damn the wings would be shot without him.

Of course he's you're unsung, you can't even spell his name.

#2533868 Flyers agree to terms with Del Zotto

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 07:23 PM

So everyone ******* and moans about how our team has too many injury prone players and too many dud players like Quincey, Cleary etc, but we want a guy with serious injury problems who the Rangers fans came to recognize as a dud for his terrible defense, and who after being traded for by Nashville was shown the door?



#2533866 Flyers agree to terms with Del Zotto

Posted by number9 on 07 August 2014 - 07:10 PM

point is, he is better than both Q and K.


number9, if you are sore that much put some salve on it, the rash will go away.


Normally I'm not the one crying around here lefty ;)

#2533824 Flyers agree to terms with Del Zotto

Posted by number9 on 06 August 2014 - 11:11 PM


You're welcome to feel that way if you want.  But based on every single metric of success taken thus far in their respective careers, Del Zotto is a better player.  Hell, this year was Del Zotto's big "down year" and he had exactly three fewer points than Smith. 


To date, Del Zotto had been WAY better than Smith offensively, and probably marginally better defensively (or at least he was in 2012 and 2013). 


But my point was simply to say that he's a guy who's a work in progress yet still has big upside. 


With Del Zotto I see a guy who had 2 good seasons very early, followed by 2 bad seasons and is now 24 (Total of 4 full seasons)


With Smith I see a guy who had 1 bad/ok (it's his first, it's hard to tell) season. and is now 25


DZ has proved more, but is also trending downward very badly.


Smith has been sheltered, but it remains to be seen if he's a producer or not. I'd rather take a chance on Smith IMO, but I understand the other side of the coin too.

#2533813 State your unpopular opinion

Posted by number9 on 06 August 2014 - 05:44 PM

If I had a gun with two bullets and I was in a room with Hitler, Stalin, and the new chick in the Wendy's commercials, I would shoot Wendy's girl twice.

#2533811 Rafalski to US Hockey Hall of Fame

Posted by number9 on 06 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

Atta undrafted michigan boy!

#2533774 Who is YOUR most under-appreciated/unsung Red Wing?

Posted by number9 on 05 August 2014 - 09:57 PM


Whatever bro.  All I know is that Orr owned him.  Hard. 


He's got the Eye of the Tiger. 


Two best fighters of their era:  1. Colton Orr  2. Andreas Lilja. 


Nobody really cares about number three (Brian McWhateverbro). 




"This is Brian McCandyass of the Calgary Flames here with a special public service announcement.  Kids, don't do drugs.  Also, don't get stupid looking haircuts or get pole-axed by Colton Orr.  All three will embarrass your mother at church.  This is the face of a guy who embarrasses his mother at church.  Don't be that guy kids, don't be that guy." 


Whoa... Andreas is #2 to no man


Everybody talks about this Lidstrom guy, but as soon as Lilja left this team we went downhill.... Dots connected yet?

#2533766 Larkin and Turgeon make U20 cuts

Posted by number9 on 05 August 2014 - 09:02 PM


Hopefully his development path is like Bertuzzis'. When we draft him some people are skeptical, and then in no time he's a guy people are excited about. I just hope he can develop into something better then Ferraro (our last daddy's boy)


That's what I was thinking. Bertuzzi > Ferraro